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Thu Mar 12, 2015, 04:33 PM

Dept of Energy Report: Wind power could be 35% of power supply by 2050


WASHINGTON The Obama administration is setting higher goals for wind power, saying it could supply 35% of the nation's electricity by the year 2050.

Wind power currently generates 4.5% of electricity, but that number is expected to more than double to 10% by 2020, says a report obtained by USA TODAY that will be released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Energy.

"Wind energy continues to be one of America's best choices for low-cost, zero-pollution renewable energy, and in an increasing number of markets, may be the cheapest source of new energy available," says a summary of the report by the Obama administration.

The new report titled "Wind Vision: A New Era of Wind Power in the United States" replaces a 2008 document produced during the George W. Bush administration called "20% Wind Energy by 2030."

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